Casse-Croûte

Bermondsey Street has plenty of great places to eat – there’s Zucca, Pizarro, José, Gregg’s Bar and Grill (joke!) but there’s a lack of all things French in that mix. That’s where Casse Croûte comes in – a new bistro serving classic French favourites. It’s a tiny restaurant with tables packed very close together – so much so that it’s inevitable one of you will … Continue reading Casse-Croûte

Chez Bruce

Chez Bruce is a charming Michelin starred restaurant in Wandsworth which has a real ‘neighbourhood favourite’ vibe to it. It’s the sort of place that if I lived locally I’d really enjoy being a regular. The service was warm and friendly and nothing felt too stuffy. It’s co-owned by Nigel Platts Martin who also owns The Glasshouse and La Trompette – which both have a … Continue reading Chez Bruce

Balthazar

Balthazar adds to London’s ever growing list of brasseries and is the creation of Keith McNally (I’ve never heard of him either). With its location right in the heart of Covent Garden and being an almost carbon copy of the already popular original Balthazar in New York it means getting a reservation is not the easiest of tasks. My gentleman companion and I happened to … Continue reading Balthazar

Arbutus

My gentleman companion and I had tickets to see Chorus Line at the Palladium so thought it was a good opportunity to try out the pre-theatre menu at Michelin starred Arbutus. Situated on Frith Street in Soho it has the perfect location for dinner before or after a West End theatre visit. It’s owned by the same people who own Les Deux Salon and Wild … Continue reading Arbutus

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Rather than buy each other rubbish presents we’ll never use, each year my sister and I go out for a nice lunch as our Christmas present to each other. As the designated foodie (I hate that word) it’s always my decision to choose somewhere amazing. Last year Rhodes 24 atop of Tower 42 in the City was a total disappointment so this year the pressure … Continue reading Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Le Champignon Sauvage

Le Champignon Sauvage resides in the historic spa town of Cheltenham. It’s run by husband and wife team David Everitt-Matthias in the kitchen and Helen out the front and they’ve proudly held their two Michelin stars for numerous years. We hoped that the 2 hour 45 minute drive from London (with slight traffic) for lunch would be worth it and we were relived to say … Continue reading Le Champignon Sauvage

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is a restaurant and hotel in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton. It comes from the legendary French chef Raymond Blanc who received his two Michelin stars for Le Manoir just a year after opening in 1985 and has held them ever since. As it was my birthday we decided that a visit here for lunch would be the perfect way … Continue reading Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

La Trompette

Michelin starred La Trompette resides in Chiswick and comes from the restaurant empire of Nigel Platts-Martin. He owns The Glasshouse, Chez Bruze, The Square and The Ledbury which hold quite a few Michelin stars between them so we had high hopes for our dinner. We arrived on a Monday evening and it was very busy. White table cloths covered each table yet the atmosphere was … Continue reading La Trompette

Colbert

Colbert is the new ‘Parisian all-day cafe’ from master restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (who own The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Brasserie Zedel). Situated on the corner of Sloane Square in Chelsea and slap bang next to the Royal Court Theatre, it’s location is rather a splendid one. We managed to get a table during the opening week meaning we received 25% off the … Continue reading Colbert

The Waterside Inn

The Waterside Inn is one of only four restaurants in England to hold three Michelin stars (and has done for over 25 years) and resides in the rather charming village of Bray – which is also home to The Fat Duck. We decided to visit for my gentleman companion’s birthday and to be honest – we were a little apprehensive. Our prior experiences of two … Continue reading The Waterside Inn

Roux at Parliament Square

On our very first visit to Roux at Parliament Square we decided to take advantage of the tempting three course set lunch menu priced at £25. In a nutshell, for us, the menu was too simple and the food was bland and unexciting. I had a particular problem with my dessert which looked like what I can only describe as a cat poo on a … Continue reading Roux at Parliament Square

Brasserie Zedel

Brasserie Zedel is a “grand Parisian brasserie transported to the heart of London” by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (owners of The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Cafe Colbert). Being big fans of both, my gentleman companion and I were excited to be attending the first ever dinner service during their soft launch. Situated just off Piccadilly Circus and tucked behind Soho it has a great location. We … Continue reading Brasserie Zedel

Le Gavroche

We walked through the doors of the two Michelin starred Le Gavroche in Mayfair to be greeted by no-one – it felt like we had walked into an empty cupboard. After a minute of us awkwardly standing there a smartly dressed gentleman greeted us very apologetically and walked us through the bar then downstairs to the underground restaurant. It was every bit as beautiful as … Continue reading Le Gavroche

Gauthier

We arrive at the door of Gauthier in Soho and have to ring the doorbell. A lady answers and welcomes us into a narrow corridor where she takes our coats at which point the doorbell goes again and another four diners enter at the same time as two waiters come through with trays of food. It’s a little manic and cramped here but I love … Continue reading Gauthier

Club Gascon

If you’re bored of seeing pork belly on a set lunch menu then step through the smokey doors of Club Gascon. I say smokey because when we arrived the restaurant looked and smelt like it had just put out a fire. This was confirmed by the fire alarm going off 6 minutes into our visit. A rather smart gentleman then proceeded to take a chair … Continue reading Club Gascon